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Ryosuke Kakine

Ryosuke Kakine 垣根涼介

Ryosuke Kakine  (1966–)  put in stints at two different business firms and a travel agency after college while working on a novel set in Vietnam titled Gozen sanji no rusuta (Dawning Day, Dawning Life). Garnering both the Suntory Mystery Grand Prize and Readers' Prize in 2000, the work launched his literary career. His 2003 novel Wairudo soru (Wild Soul) was a triple winner, taking home the Mystery Writers of Japan Award, The Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers, and the Haruhiko Oyabu Award on its way to becoming a bestseller and cementing his reputation as a writer. In 2005 he received the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize for Kimitachi ni asu wa nai (You Have No Tomorrow), a volume of linked stories centering on a management consultant who helps companies downsize. His other novels include the picaresque Saudaji (Saudade), with a Japanese-Brazilian protagonist, and Manatsu no shima ni saku hana wa (Midsummer Flowers on Fiji), set on the South Pacific island. Noted for his meticulous attention to detail and a brisk narrative style, Kakine is one of the most promising new stars of Japanese suspense fiction.
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Books by Ryosuke Kakine
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    Wild Soul

    This novel is set deep in the Amazon Basin of the 1960s and in present-day Tokyo. Immediately after World War II, the Japanese government addressed the problem of a population that was growing too fast by encouraging people to emigrate overseas. Those who …

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    You Have No Tomorrow

    These linked stories center on the lives of the corporate warriors, known as sarariman in Japanese (lit. "salaryman," but including both male and female), who for decades drove Japan's post-World War II economic growth but are now in danger of losing thei …

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